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U.S. Court Martial Of Accused WikiLeaks Source Begins


U.S. Army Private First Class Bradley Manning (right) arriving at the courthouse for a motion hearing at Fort Meade in Maryland in late May.

U.S. Army Private First Class Bradley Manning (right) arriving at the courthouse for a motion hearing at Fort Meade in Maryland in late May.

The military trial of U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning, who is accused of providing hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. documents to the website Wikileaks, is under way some three years after his arrest.

In his first statement before a military court at the opening of the process on June 3, Manning confirmed that he is pleading guilty to 10 charges but not to the most serious one he faces -- the charge of aiding the enemies of the United States.

If convicted of that count, the 25-year-old could face a sentence of life in prison.

Beginning in November 2009 and continuing until his arrest in May 2010, Manning allegedly gave some 700,000 documents to the website, including diplomatic cables from around the world and reports about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Based on reporting by AFP and AP
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